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8:45 AM ET, February 9, 2007

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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Powerset's search technology scoop, may scare Google  —  Powerset, a San Francisco search engine company, will announce Friday it has won exclusive rights to significant search engine technology it says may help propel it past Google.  —  The technology, developed at Palo Alto Research Center …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In a Search Refinement, a Chance to Rival Google  —  Early in the decade, a struggling Xerox Corporation was trying to sell off a stake in its Palo Alto Research Center, which it could no longer afford to support.  But with the technology bubble bursting, the price that investors were willing …
Your mail is here, come and get it!:
We Heard You Loud and Clear  —  Just on the heels of another great release for the beta (M9), I'd like to share some interesting news to our loyal users.  When we launch the mail service worldwide, it will be named Windows Live Hotmail.  That's right!  And for starters, some of you will begin …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Comparison of Live Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail  —  The Windows Live team announced today that they're rebranding their new email beta to Windows Live Hotmail.  We haven't written about the application for some time, and this is as good an excuse as any to compare the current release to Gmail and the new Yahoo mail beta.
Wired News:
XBLA's Greg Canessa Poached by PopCap  —  The man who birthed Xbox Live Arcade has abandoned his brainchild.  With freshly inked adoption papers, Greg Canessa, former general manager of Xbox Live Arcade, will now nurture PopCap Games' console and handheld divisions as the vice president of video game platforms.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV to play games, too?
Discussion: MacUser, Apple Gazette and digg
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Is interoperable DRM inherently less secure?  The case of FairPlay versus Windows Media  —  It's been said before: security systems that rely on secrecy are only as secure as their secrets.  This was one of the more interesting assertions echoed in Steve Jobs' now famous open letter on DRM …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Economist:
Music wants to be free  —  Selling digital music without copy-protection makes sense  —  IT WAS uncharacteristically low-key for the industry's greatest showman.  But the essay published this week by Steve Jobs, the boss of Apple, on his firm's website under the unassuming title …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Slashdot and digg
Paul Cesarini / Observer:
Caught in the Network  —  At 9:15 one Thursday morning, there came a polite knock on my mostly closed office door.  I was expecting the knock.  A student was coming to talk to me about getting into one of my courses, which he needed to graduate.  —  So when I heard the knock, I said, "C'mon in, Kyle."
Discussion: Slashdot
MediaShift:
WE MEDIA 2007 Mainstream Media Wants to Take Back Control  —  MIAMI — Thanks to the audience taking control of their media experience and creating their own media in blogs, podcasts, video and social networks, the people who are losing control have decided to meet — and meet, and meet again …
Discussion: media blog and hyku | blog
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian Unlimited:
WeMedia conference, Miami
Ben / Ben Metcalfe Blog:
On linkbaiting, SEO'ing and all that other crap  —  I guess I must be a blog puritan.  A naive, day-dreaming, quasi-utopian blog puritan at that.  —  There's been a lot of discussion about Jason Calacanis calling bulls**t on the SEO industry (I'm not going to get into that echo chamber …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket To Show Off Latest Flash Tools  —  We are expecting Photobucket and Adobe to jointly announce a new Flash based tool for Photobucket users within the next couple of weeks.  The tool will allow users to mash up videos, photos and music clips into a timeline, and add titles …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Lifehacker:
Make your own mashup with Yahoo! Pipes  —  Yahoo releases a brand new web service called Pipes that mixes, mashes and - you Unix geeks will appreciate this - pipes feeds through filters you define in an attractive, visual IDE.  —  What the hell does that mean?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's E90 Communicator: first pics!  —  Check it QWERTY geeks, we've got a trio of clandestine snaps of Nokia's oft rumored, but never seen E90 communicator.  As you can see from the pics, the E90 does indeed pack a dual-hinge allowing it to open like a 9500 or fold-up flat like the 9300.
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Where's Ray?  Where's the Vista Campaign?  —  Random unconnected things...  Where's Ray?  I'm sure Ray Ozzie has been busy being the wizard behind the connected services scene of the future, but he's just plain running too silent for my comfort.  And I'm sure with Mix07 he's …
Discussion: LiveSide and Guardian Unlimited
Gizmodo:
Apple iPhone vs. Samsung F700: Which is Touchscreenier?  —  Apple's iPhone may have been announced first, but Samsung's Ultra Smart F700 (announced yesterda) seems to be one-up Apple's effort in a few feature categories.  —  If you'll take a little journey with me, we'll compare the iPhone …
Discussion: Gadgetell, jkOnTheRun and digg
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Premium Vista PCs fare well in first week  —  Overall U.S. PC sales jumped 173 percent for the week ended Feb. 3, and 70 percent of sales were of PCs with Vista Premium preinstalled  —  Microsoft's wish that consumers purchase the premium versions of Windows Vista rather than the most basic version …
 
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Allfreecalls.net launches in Ireland
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Blog CMS Generator Breakdown
Reuters:
YouTube founders split $650M payout
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BBC:
Mobiles switch on with biofuels
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
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Dutch Super Server Farm and Google
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 Earlier Items: 
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Preview: IM Talk Shows and Social TiVo
Discussion: P2P Blog
Scott Gilbertson / Wired:
Firefox 3 Alpha 2  —  Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 3 alpha 2 this morning.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft 'officelabs' looks to open source for inspiration
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
New Energy Star ratings for PCs on the way
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Mobile ESPN to relaunch through Verizon
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Netvibes module developer collects web credentials, personal content
David Pogue / New York Times:
Breaking the Myth of Megapixels
the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
February 2007 Advance Notification